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          Gastric Bypass Controversy

          October 29, 2004

          Each year, more and more people are lining up to have gastric bypass surgery, despite the medical risks and very high cost. Is it the answer to our nation’s battle with weight? Is it right for you? Dr. Phil explores both sides of this controversial issue.

          Carnie’s Struggle
          Singer Carnie Wilson weighed nearly 300 pounds and thought she was going to die. She says gastric bypass surgery saved her life.


          Carnie speaks out.


          “She’s Afraid I’ll Leave Her”
          Brian weighs 275 pounds and wants gastric bypass surgery. His wife, Sharon, fears that if he loses the weight, he’ll no longer want her.




          Will he go through with it?


          Can’t Stop Eating
          Tiffany, 27, says gastric bypass surgery helped her lose more than 150 pounds. But eating is still her biggest problem ” she just can’t stop!



          “Food is my addiction,” she says.


          Too Young for Surgery?
          At 350 pounds, Angella, 18, thinks gastric bypass surgery is right for her. But she says her family and friends don’t support her. “I’m afraid I will end up being 700 pounds,” she says.


          Dr. Phil’s advice to Angella.

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          Gut Feelings and I’m Still Hungry
          By Carnie Wilson


          • Wilson Phillips
          • Madelyn Fernstrom, Director of Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh

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          Know a “Bad Bride”?

          Are you a bridesmaid under pressure to look “perfect?” Is the bride demanding that all her bridesmaids lose weight and get into shape before the big day?

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          Know Someone Refusing to Act Their Age?

          Is your son or daughter a moocher and refusing to grow up? Is your loved one having a midlife crisis or wearing inappropriate clothing?

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          At War with Mom?

          Do you feel she is your worst enemy? Can you not believe you are related to someone you dislike so much?

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          Is a Narcissist Ruining Your Life?

          Do you suspect your partner/ family member to be a narcissist? Do they behave in a way that leaves you confused, distressed and fearful?

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          Fighting Over A Family-Run Business?

          Are you part owner in a family business and feel like you don’t get your fair share of profits?

          Help & Resources

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          Check out the mental health treatment programs that have assisted Dr. Phil guests.

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